Jewellery Workshop: Wax to Sterling Silver

Learn the lost-wax-casting process to create sterling silver jewellery



6 hours Class size 1 to 6 (public classes), 4 to 10

label $290 (or 4 payments of $72.50 Afterpay)

During this single day workshop, your teacher Laura of Coral Covey will guide you through the design and creation process so you can make your own sterling silver pendant, ring or set of earrings.

Laura will introduce you to ancient jewellery techniques as well as some secret ones that she has developed within her own practice. You will learn how to carve and form jeweller's wax, which Laura will cast for you into solid sterling silver.

The workshop will begin with refreshments while you look out over the Kinglake National Park. Shortly after, Laura will explain the lost wax casting process stage by stage. She will guide you on choosing the right tools, selecting and carving the right jewellers wax, and realising your creative ideas.

Laura will explain a range of traditional wax carving techniques such as carving, sawing, filing and polishing. There will be multiple demonstrations along the way with individual tuition, specifically tailored to guide each student through the ideas behind their individual design. We will break at 1 pm for a fresh lunch cooked on site.

This workshop is designed for people of all ages and abilities. You will be encouraged to experiment with wax carving and moulding to create your own pendant, ring or set of earrings. To ensure individual attention can be given, class numbers are limited to six people per workshop.

Please note:

  • Larger groups can be arranged upon request, please get in contact via the 'Request' button.
  • Please inform Laura of any dietary requirements via the booking question at checkout.
  • During the workshop, you can cast one item of up to 7gm in silver. You are very welcome to make an extra piece, or have pieces gold-plated for an additional fee.
  • Booking changes or cancellations must be made 10 days prior to the workshop date, otherwise, your teacher is unable to offer a refund.
  • For the safety of all attendees during a studio visit, you will be asked to sign in via a business QR code upon arrival and present a vaccine certificate.



Knowledge required
No knowledge or skills required. This class is perfect for beginners!
 
What you'll get
You will receive a certificate of completion and be given notes on where to source jewellery tools and materials. Once the workshop is complete, Laura will cast your chosen wax item in solid sterling silver. She will professionally finish your item, cleaning it and adding hooks for earrings or a chain for pendants. She will then carefully package and post it to you within a three-week period.

Tools, equipment and materials – including sterling silver – will all be provided. Laura will also provide you with an apron and sketch paper to take notes and design your piece. Plus, you'll receive morning refreshments and a fresh lunch cooked on site.
 
What to bring
All tools, equipment and materials – including sterling silver – will be provided. Laura will also provide you with sketch paper to take notes and design your piece. An apron will also be provided, however for safety reasons, please wear closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be tied back. Bring reading glasses if you normally wear them.
 
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a birthday or hens party.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 10 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids. The adult may observe at the class for free.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mum or anniversary gift.


Coral Covey adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

Location

St Andrews, VIC

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Coral Covey
Coral Covey

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Coral Covey was founded in 2014 by the Australian jewellery designer, Laura Deakin, while she was based in Munich, Germany studying her Masters of Fine Art at the Munich Art Academy.

Laura is an established artist, gold and silversmith, illustrator, designer and maker. She is also a teacher and lecturer at RMIT University in the gold and silversmithing department. Her aim is to create jewellery that is not only environmentally sound but also gives back to her community. She designs, creates and finishes each piece by hand, with care and attention, ensuring only high quality, well designed and perfectly finished jewellery bears the Coral Covey maker’s mark.

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Charlie Cole May 2022


This was so much fun, a small intimate class so lots of one on one assistance. Laura was incredibly skilled and the food that was provided was delicious! The cost of the silver is included, some classes charge extra. Am really looking forward to seeing the final product.

Catherine Charles Feb 2022


Laura was fantastic. She made it really easy to understand and I felt that I was able to make a piece with my skill level. Morning and afternoon tea was delicious. I would absolutely recommend this course for anyone wanting to have a try.

James Dalton Feb 2022

33 ClassBento workshops attended • 33 reviews


Such a wonderful class. Laura is so knowledgeable and we felt right at home. She supplied us with amazing food and drinks and the small class size made it all the more enjoyable.

Check out her website and book from there so you can directly support Laura.

Jewellery Workshop: Wax to Sterling Silver review by James Dalton

Emma Gilette Dec 2021


I can highly recommend Laura's (Coral Covey) jewellery classes! Laura was filled with warmth and made us all feel comfortable the whole time - like we were guests invited into her home. Her gentle guidance and wealth of knowledge let us know we were in very good hands. I learnt heaps from the class and feel confident to make more pieces on my own in the future. Laura provided all the tools and materials that we needed to fulfil whatever creative ideas we had and all our ideas were validated and supported. All the class members in my group made completely different pieces, which was a great strength of Laura's workshop! In other classes I have been to, the options are often quite limited. For this reason, I think Laura's workshop was great value for money! The lunch she made was also amazing!

Jewellery Workshop: Wax to Sterling Silver review by Emma Gilette

Leah Andrianopoulos Nov 2021


Wonderful class, teacher was amazing. Very well run. A lovely setting. This class would make a lovely gift or to attend with someone special. Highly recommended.
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